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  1. Neat, I totally forgot about the Pico solution! Wouldn't be too difficult to hook it up to the standard 3-pin 'kettle' socket either if short enough.
  2. That's looking seriously good! I will buy atleast one (for my IIsi), if not 3 or 4 depending on price. However I think I will wait until there's some kind of 'list' of PSU's that would make good replacements for each model it's compatible with. Hopefully someone here can create some kind of chart or small database. Of course I suppose the ways you can implement a PSU to fit is only limited to the area the old one occupies. What would be cool is if there was an easy and cheap source of PSU that can not only be wired up easily, but also fit into the original housing of the old supply with a minimal effort as possible for ultimate stealth look. That said, even if you have to mount it somewhere on the internal chassis and dangle a power cord out. It is certainly better than a dead machine!
  3. tokyoracer

    A Pile of Stuff from Sweden!

    Very nice lot, definitely worth keeping the Zip SCSI stuff. I have amassed about 6 drives and only one is the 'thought after' SCSI type. Very useful for data transfer. Nice to find an early external Apple CD drive too, pretty unusual to see someone replaced the drive though. If you can put it back to original, I would definitely recommend it. If not for looks, the OS will probably have an easier time detecting it without messing with extensions. The keyboard, well what's not already been said about them? Better when it's in your native layout. Good result.
  4. tokyoracer

    Steel ball bearing as Duo 250 trackball

    Failing that, there's a fairly reasonably priced complete NOS trackball assembly. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F142744323329
  5. tokyoracer

    Apple IIc Flat Panel

    Just imagine playing Prince of Persia on that screen. . .
  6. tokyoracer

    Noisy Fan, flaky power switch in my LC III

    That should do it. Keep us posted! Just be sure to tin the wire and the terminals with solder so you transfer as minimal heat as possible to the switch plastics. Made that mistake once!
  7. tokyoracer

    Noisy Fan, flaky power switch in my LC III

    You only need a standard 2-pin rocker switch. I don't have the exact one I bought but if the picture looks correct, I'm pretty sure they're generally all a standard size and there's an absolute ton to choose from. As long as you haven't completely borked the plastics, just note the ampage and be sure it's rated at at least your mains voltage and type "rocker switch" into eBays search. You obviously want all the numbers to be the same or higher than what you have removed. Other than that, you can go mad! Stick to OEM looking black/white, or get something fancy that lights up. Whatever you choose will do the job. (:
  8. tokyoracer

    How to open up a 7100?

    Not complicated at all. Just unscrew the big flat-head screw recessed on the tip of the rear of the case. Slide the casing back, then lift up fro. The rear and towards you. That's it. To remove the HD, just unplug the cables and there should be a Philips/posi screw that holds the HD to the case and just undo that and it should come out with the caddy/holder.
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    PM 7600/132 HD issues.

    I got both, when using the CD the helper comes up with an error something about "O'Hare". I'll get back to you on that error. Maybe it's a bad burned disc. I just figured an image would eliminate the chance of burnage issues. I can't imagine the ROM being an issue. I know for a fact this had OS 9.2.2 in the past, but the old SCSI drives it had back thrn lost their data. I might take you up on that offer though, thanks! Because I'd really like to make use of the 3D support for the ATi drivers, that and other softwares that support the absolute tail-end of OS9. That and I remember 9.2.2 running nicely on this. Although 9.1 also seems to work well too to be fair, but I digress. Mostly yes, the drivers are fare more supported and flexible on 9.2.x. I do I tend on getting a 9200 someday when I can score one at a reasonable price. Can you get SATA cards that work for this machine?! I had no idea! Though I can't imagine they would be easy to find. The bottleneck I already knew about, but that's part of the fun, trying to get far more modern hardware working on a vintage platform, at least to.em anyway. Hell, if I really wanted I could have opted to put it in a 9600 (which I had many years ago), but I thought it would be more amusing seeing a G4 in the lowest 7x00 series. The access speeds on the modern IDE's installed aren't an issue, as they both have cache and are 7200 RPM. Being that the norm in the day would have had barely any cache and 5400 RPM. For that reason, I'm not too fussed about making a RAM disk. Plus it seems a little more brisk than the on-board SCSI that it had previously.
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    PM 7600/132 HD issues.

    Well after some hair-pulling I finally managed to get the Sonnet IDE working and booting. I currently have OS 9.1 Installed, which as many of you probably know, is the last OS natively supported OS for "old world" Mac's. Ideally since it has a Radeon card installed, I'd like to use the proper drivers for that, which means I need 9.2.1 or 9.2.2. I got OS9 helper and after some more hair-loss, I managed to get it to play ball with an OS 9.2.1 disk image. Well, to point. You see, I keep getting the error message: "This version of Mac OS can not be installed over the localized version of Mac OS on the disk named..." (Etc.) "Please choose a different destination disk, or perform a clean installation.". I thought it had to be booted through boot disk first. So I first tried the latest floppy boot disk I have (7.5.3) but I get an error when using the helper. Then the 9.1 disc and the helper doesn't even start. So I then put a bare-bones 9.1 on a slave drive and booted into that and I still get the same error. I've also tried all combinations of destination drives both on the helper and the installation options. What exactly is it asking for? Am I missing something here? I can't perform a "clean installation" because I wouldn't have the helper to bypass whatever it is that stops post 9.1 OS' on "old world Mac's".
  11. So I've gotten all my old Mac's to a point where I'm happy (at least the ones that are working). All but one machine remains, my 7600. This one is (or was) a bit of a beast. Loaded with a Crescendo G4 450/1M and half a GB of RAM, this thing used to fly. Or so I remember. I'm pretty sure this used to boot and work fine but after getting it out of storage, all I get now is a flashing question disk. I tried all manor of SCSI drives, boot disks, booting from CD (at least trying to anyway), playing with jumpers, you name it I probably tried some kind of configuration. Sometimes I got it to start booting from an older OS install only to crash (68K HD install so that's probably why), and other times it just sticks on a grey screen with a cursor. Most times though, it just has the flashing question mark disk. Refuses to boot from CD (holding C or Option and/or Command + C and D and all configurations of that does nothing). I've gotten a System 7.5.3 disk tools to boot and see some of the drives but none are "supported". Probably because it's not patched to accept non Apple drives. Pressing the CUDA (while unpowered) does nothing either. So I'm pretty much at my wit's end and short of chucking it in the rain out of sheer frustration, I figured you guys are the best guys to speak to. I had plans to upgrade the graphics card and install a Sonnet ATA card to save the SCSI drive(s) for other machines, but if I can't even get it to boot, I'm not even sure how I can even begin to make progress on this. If it's getting to the flashing question disk and (sometimes) attempting to boot, surely the Sonnet card is not to blame, is it?
  12. tokyoracer

    Jason's Macintosh Museum

    AFAIK, he's well. There have been comments he has replied to on YouTube not that long ago. I guess one has to find the time in life to upload videos. I doubt he gets any revenue from these.
  13. tokyoracer

    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Did you try the earlier CD-ROM extension? I couldn't test it out as my PSU gave up before I could have a chance to transfer some files.
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    Performa 630 DOS issues.

    Well after a month of storage, I dig out the 630 and I see I have CD-ROM driver 5.4.2. And then it died. I think my PSU needs new caps as it powers on to switch off moments after. Plus there's coil whine when I try and power it on. Ugh, not looking forward to trying to dig that out of there.
  15. tokyoracer

    Centris 610 and other things

    The Centris was never in the "pizza-box" form factor. So either whoever owned it put the wrong sticker on it, or it's an error on the listing. There was the Quadra 605 though. If you have one of them, you got a great deal. But a tenner for whatever "pizza-box" you got is a damn good deal.
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